10 Nov 2022

# How Do I Calculate My Borrowing Capacity?

When you’re ready to buy a home, one of the first things you need to do is figure out how much you can borrow. That’s your borrowing capacity.

To calculate your borrowing capacity, martgage lenders look at your income and your debts. They use a debt-to-income ratio (DTI) to figure out how much of your income is going towards your debts.

Lenders typically like to see a DTI of 36% or less. That means that no more than 36% of your income is going towards your debts.

For example, let’s say you make \$3,000 per month and you have the following debts:

Credit card payment: \$100

Student loan payment: \$200

Car loan payment: \$250

Your monthly debt payments are \$550. To calculate your DTI, you would divide \$550 by \$3,000. That gives you a DTI of 18.3%.

If your DTI is too high, you may not be able to get a loan. If it’s low, you’re in good shape.

Once you know your DTI, you can start shopping for a loan. Lenders will tell you how much they’re willing to lend you based on your DTI.

If you have a low DTI, you may be able to get a loan with a low interest rate. That’s because lenders see you as a low-risk borrower.

If you have a high DTI, you may still be able to get a loan. But, you may have to pay a higher interest rate. That’s because lenders see you as a high-risk borrower.